Gent: Flanders Expo

Flanders Expo Tram 1
26 January 2017

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Tracks leading to new Tram 1 terminus

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Temporary terminus for Tram 1

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Tracks leading to new Tram 1 terminus

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Tracks from new Tram 1 terminus

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Tracks from new Tram 1 terminus

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Temporary terminus for Tram 1

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Gent: Brabantdam – Korte Meer & Kouter – Gent-Sint-Pieters

Gent Brabantdam
24 January 2017

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New tracks for tram 22 and a big hole still to be filled

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Very slow progress om this site

Kouter & Korte Meer
24 January 2017

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Kouter – Temporary terminus of tram 22

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Korte Meer – Tram 21 or 22 via Korenmarkt

Gent-Sint-Pieters
25 January 2017

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DMU to Eeklo

Gent-Sint-Pieters to Flanders Expo
26 January 2017

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Sint-Pieter bus & tram station
Tram 1 to Flanders Expo

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Hoepertingen Gurdwara – Leuven Station – Gent Brabantdam

Hoepertingen Gurdwara
21 January 2017

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The full contact details of the Gurdwara

Leuven Station
21 January 2017

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Leuven Station – Waiting for delayed train
From Hoepertingen I went to Leuven
and from there back to Gent

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Leuven Station – Waiting for delayed train

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Leuven Station
The 5 minutes delay became 10 minutes
but I got home not too late

Gent Brabantdam
24 January 2017

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Brabantdam – rubber mats on the new tracks

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Brabantdam – rubber mats on the new tracks

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Gent-Sint-Pieters – Hoepertingen Gurdwara

Gent-Sint-Pieters
21 January 2017

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IC train to Brussel Noord via Aalst

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IC train to Genk via Brussel

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Ongoing construction work
Platform 9 and 10 nearing completion

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Gent-Sint-Pieters
On my way to Limburg

Hoepertingen Gurdwara
21 January 2017

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Divan Hall

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Sevadars having as bite and a rest
We received the Bishop of Hasselt, the Dean of Borgloon
and the Hoepertingen Parish Priest in the Gurdwara

Guru Ram Dass Sikh Study & Cultural Centre
Smisstraat 8
Hoepertingen
B-3840 Borgloon

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The Indian Express – Pink Shirt Day observed: Sikhs in UK, Canada fight bullying, racism; Canadian PM, defence minister back campaign

Gurdwaras also support the campaign to spread message of kindness and tolerance

Divya Goyal

London-UK, 24 February 2017. Fighting against the racism, bullying, hate crimes and discrimination, Sikhs across the United Kingdom and Canada observed ‘Pink Shirt Day’ on Wednesday, coming out in pink shirts and turbans to give message of kindness and tolerance.

The pink shirts and T-shirts with the message ‘Kindness is One Size Fits All’ were distributed in huge numbers and Pink Shirt Day rallies held across Canada, the UK and in some other countries.

The campaign has also found support from Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and National Defence Minister of Canada Harjit Sajjan, a Sikh who too sporting a pink shirt gave out a message Wednesday.

“I’m wearing pink because we should celebrate our differences, stand up for each other, and work together to end bullying and discrimination.

I am wearing my pink shirt today because bullying is never okay,” said Sajjan in his message. “Our caucus is sporting its finest colours for #PinkShirtDay today, let’s stand up to bullying and lift each other up, today & every day,” (sic) said message from Canadian PM Trudeau.

Various Sikh organizations and gurdwaras across Canada and the UK requested people to “practise kindness, and wear a Pink Shirt, button, or pin to symbolise you do not tolerate bullying”. People were also requested to flash message ‘Bullying stops here’ on their T-shirts.

Jagmeet Singh, an engineer settled in Vancouver, told The Indian Express, “This Pink Shirt Day movement basically started from Nova Scotia where two school children were bullied for wearing pink shirts on day one of their school.

Since then, pink shirt has become a symbol against racism, bullying and discrimination. As Sikhs too have been facing these issues and have been victims of hate crimes due to turbans and beard, we decided to observe Pink Shirt Day for cause of Sikhs too.”

The Gurdwara Sahib Sukh Sagar at New Westminster of Canada also observed the day with anti-bullying programme for the youths and requested people to wear pink.

“Bullying is a major problem for students, employees and almost everyone faces it once in life. So Sikh community settled abroad is hugely supporting this campaign,” said Prithpal Sekhon from Toronto.

Pink Shirt Day observed: Sikhs in UK, Canada fight bullying, racism; Canadian PM, defence minister back campaign

Sikh24.com – Sikh Council Issues Statement on “Internal Panthik Issues in UK”

Sikh24 Editors

London, UK, 16 February 2017. In a press statement shared with Sikh24, Sikh Council UK media chair Jagjit Singh has stated that several issues were brought to its attention in the past few weeks, including beadbi at Woolwich, animal slaughter at Singh Sabha London and several other cases in the UK.

Sikh Council has stated that while it was willing to resolve such issues, it cannot mediate as such differences have existed within the community historically. The press release further mentions that mediation is only possible when both sides are willing to come together.

“Taken collectively these are matters of significant concern due to their adverse impact on community cohesion and reputation within the mainstream society,” said Jagjit Singh in the press release.

“There have been reports of violence within Gurdwaras, the police entering Gurdwara premises, contentious programmes, inflammatory speeches, threats of self-immolation, threats of violence, the raising of differences in doctrinal views in provocative terms, fake news social media postings, footage of ritual slaughter of animals and other such matters bringing the community into disrepute, exposing internal differences for others to exploit and endangering community cohesion.”

The Sikh Council stated that the reason behind these issues was differences over Maryada within the Sikh community. “The Sikh Council UK is constitutionally mandated to mediate in cases of disputes where all parties are agreeable to such intervention and we remain willing always to seek to bring parties together.

We are appealing to all Sikhs to resist undertaking those activities or raising those matters of doctrinal difference or dispute in a manner which heighten tensions and lead to divisions and instead to focus on those activities which will lead to unity, progress and the betterment of the community.”

http://www.sikh24.com/2017/02/16/sikh-council-issues-statement-on-internal-panthik-issues-in-uk/#.WKvVBn_RHY8

Gent, Tram 21: Zwijnaarde Molen – Zwijnaarde Klaartestraat

Zwijnaarde Molen
20 January 2017

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Tram 21 to Zwijnaarde Bibliotheek

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Tram stop Zwijnaarde Molen

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Tram to Melle Leeuw via Sint-Pieters

Zwijnaarde Klaartestraat
20 January 2017

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Tram stop Klaartestraat

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Tram stop Klaartestraat

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Tram 21 to Zwijnaarde Bibliotheek

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Gent-Sint-Pieters – Zwijnaarde Bibliotheek, Zwijnaarde Molen

Gent-Sint-Pieters
20 January 2017

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I took this PCC car to Zwijnaarde

Zwijnaarde Bibiotheek
20 January 2017

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The new Zwijnaarde terminus of Tram 21

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The new Zwijnaarde terminus of Tram 21

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The new Zwijnaarde terminus of Tram 21

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Heerweg-Zuid – walking towards de molen

Zwijnaarde Molen
20 January 2017

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Zwijnaarde Molen

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The Financial Express – Bank of England meets Hindu Council members over beef tallow in 5 pound note

The Bank of England invited members of the Hindu Council UK for a meeting over concerns that the new 5 pound polymer currency note contains traces of beef tallow, an issue that has led to anger among vegans, Hindus, Sikhs and other communities in Britain.

London, 19 February 2017. The Hindu Council UK representatives, Chairman Umesh C Sharma JP, Director of Interfaith Relations, Anil Bhanot OBE and Director of Hindu Temple Engagement, Arun Thakur were personally invited to a meeting with The Chief Cashier of the Bank of England-Victoria Cleland at its headquarters in Threadneedle Street on February 8.

In late November 2016, the Bank of England announced that it had been informed that small traces of animal-derived products were used by a supplier in the manufacture of the new polymer pound 5 notes. Tallow is a hard, fatty substance made from rendered animal fat. It is commonly used to make soap and candle.

The new polymer note uses beef tallow made from suet, which is hard fat found around the animal’s kidneys, stomach and other organs. The new 5 pound notes (and the 10 pound notes) contain animal fat in the form of tallow.

This is unacceptable to millions of vegans, vegetarians, Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and others in the UK, the Hindu Council UK said in a statement.

As soon as this announcement was made, the Hindu Council UK together with a number of individuals and representatives of certain communities and organisations had publically expressed concerns about this.

It said over the last couple of months, the Hindu Council UK has been in communication with the Bank of England and raised the concerns of the Hindu Community, Hindu Temples and Hindu Organisations in the UK over the issue.

It said the Bank of England assured that they were treating those concerns with the utmost seriousness and wanted to understand better what impact the use of small traces of animal-derived products in polymer banknotes may have within the community before making any further statement on the issue.

The Hindu Council UK Representatives had a full and frank discussion with Victoria Cleland and highlighted that many Hindus were concerned due to the animal-derived products in the new notes, because one of the key virtues in the Hindu faith is Ahimsa, which is the practice of non-violence; avoiding harming any living thing, and also avoid the desire to harm any living thing, including protecting animals, which symbolise many of our most important deities, it said in a statement.

The Hindu Council UK representatives informed the Bank of England that it had received many calls from various Temples across the UK who had banned the use of the new 5 pound note as donations and offering to deities within the sanctuary of the temple environment.

Hindus respect, honour and have a special affection for the cow as it represents life and the sustenance of life, the symbol of the earth, the ever giving, undemanding provider for mankind.

As a consequence of not allowing the 5 pound notes in the Temple environment, many of the temples had seen a huge decrease in their Temple economy, which relies totally on donations in order to operate, the statement said.

“The Hindu Council UK is pleased that the Bank of England have listened to our concerns and halted the issuing of the new 20 pound notes until a full consultation has been done. In addition, the Bank of England has assured us that they are working with polymer suppliers to investigate alternatives (including some that are plant-based) for the future,” it said.

The Bank of England said that it will not withdraw the current 5 pound polymer banknotes from circulation and will go ahead with plans to withdraw legal tender status of the 5 pound paper bank notes on May 5, 2017. The Bank will also continue with the proposed launch of the new 10 pound polymer banknotes in September 2017, using the existing polymer substrate.

The new polymer five pound note, which features a portrait of Winston Churchill, is the first of the Bank of England’s notes not to be printed on paper. The new flexible plastic notes are designed to be cleaner, more secure and stronger.

Production of the new 10 pound notes began in August last year and are planned to be released into circulation in September this year. The new 10 pound plastic notes will feature author Jane Austen.

There is nothing either in the Guru Granth Sahib or the Sikh Rehat Maryada that gives a special status to cows, or forbids Sikhs to handle animal products. We should stop slavishly following Hindu notions that have not been supported by our Gurus or have even been explicitly denounced by them.
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http://www.financialexpress.com/industry/banking-finance/bank-of-england-meets-hindu-council-members-over-beef-tallow-in-5-pound-note/557668/

Sikh24.com – Sikh employee granted permission to wear kirpan at work in London

Sikh Council UK

London, UK, 19 February 2017. A Sikh employee has been permitted to wear the Kirpan in the workplace of an international telecommunications company based in the City in London following initially being refused to right to wear it on ostensible security grounds.

The individual had taken the momentous decision to become an Amritdhari (an initiated) Sikh and as such he was following the mandatory Sikh code of conduct requiring him to carry the five articles of Sikh faith on his person at all times.

He informed his employer of the circumstances following which his employer initially refused consent.

Sikh Council UK along with other member organisations intervened and provided details concerning Sikh articles of faith following which the employer conceded and has since adopted a policy permitting the individual to wear his kirpan in the workplace.

This is the second such case recently where the Sikh Council UK has successfully intervened in connection with the wearing the kirpan in the workplace.

The other case involved two Sikhs employees initially being stopped for wearing kirpans at a large international airport based in the South-east.

The airport has now adopted a policy around the wearing of the kirpan by employees in the workplace in consultation with the Sikh Council UK.

Jagtar Singh, Secretary General Elect of Sikh Council UK, said: “It is unfortunate that cases such as these still occur too often for our liking, especially in large multi-national organisations. However, we are pleased with the outcomes in these cases, which has meant these Sikhs are now able to practice their faith whilst at work”.

He added “Casework like this is a regular feature of the work of Sikh Council UK and we frequently receive queries seeking our assistance in such matters.

Subject to capacity we of course seek to assist any Sikh who faces any issues at work or elsewhere in connection with their articles of faith. If any Sikh is facing any such problems they are requested to get in touch with us without delay”.

http://www.sikh24.com/2017/02/19/sikh-employee-granted-permission-to-wear-kirpan-at-work-in-london/#.WKk8An_RHY8